On Sunday June 3, the Bowland Forest Gliding Club had to suspend operations while a paraglider circled across their runway. Fortunately he was seen from the ground so the launch could be halted and there were no gliders in the circuit for landing. A senior instructor from BFGC, who is also a PSC member, came to our landing field and spoke to the PG pilot. This was done in a very professional and non-aggressive manner, and it was clear that the PG pilot was fully aware of his mistake and left their airspace as soon as possible. I have also spoken to both our pilot and the BFGC and while we are satisfied that this was a mistake caused by wrong decisions rather than ignorance of air law or any deliberate action, we will be taking steps to improve the education and awareness ofpilots flying Parlick.
We are fortunate to have a good relationship with BFGC and that we can approach these incidents on a no-blame basis and learn lessons for our future joint safety. I will be writing more on this and plan to amend the site guide with specific details on the rules regarding the airspace around the gliding field.
Keep safe out there everybody. . .
To leave or not to leave?
20:30 Wednesday 6th June, Phil Colbert chucks a post onto Pennine Flight Club group asking if anyone fancies some XC coaching on Thursday. That day I'd walked about 8 mile with my 20Kg pack looking for non existent wind. I was planning a day off & had a course to go to. However, XC coaching with Phil.... had to be worth a go, course can wait.
My glider bag (and all its contents) was stolen from Featherstone railway station platform yesterday. I'd landed there from Rushup and left my bag tucked in the corner of a little platform waiting room while I ran to get a drink from a shop. The platform was deserted and I was only gone a few minutes, so it was immediately obvious that whoever picked it up had done so quickly and deliberately.
A UAV will be carrying out survey work in our area, exact date/time is weather dependant, and will be notified in advance if possible and practical, but this cannot be relied upon. The brief email details are as below, copied for all to read. If you notice the UAV please keep away from the operating area. This is not a long term issue, just until the survey work is carried out.
Ed Cleasby's Pennine Soaring Club Club Night.
Link to The Northern Challenge Trophy
September safety update from Brian Stewart.
The Pennine Soaring Club may not be the largest Hang gliding and Paragliding club in the UK (just yet!) but we're one of the most active and have certainly proved ourselves to be THE BEST!
We have great flying sites to cover most wind directions with some of the best XC potential in the UK...
... and welcome visiting pilots to fly The Pennines with open arms. (See our site guide). Although we currently do not run a strict Members Only policy we would rather have you on our team. Not only because of the benefits to you, but also because over the years we have negotiated agreements with farmers and landowners and would like to keep them as happy with flying as we are!
As well as this website, we also have a facebook page at facebook.com/PennineSoaringClub.
If you really need any extra encouragement... browse through some of the most stunning and dramatic photos and videos taken by our very own club members in the galleries. This site is where we can upload and share our visual memories of a fantastic flying holiday, epic day out or simply a giggle while para-waiting.
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